By Anthony Ogbonna
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, Wednesday, said the Army had uncovered plans by some politicians to set off bombs and disrupt the coming Saturday’s governorship elections in the country.
Buratai also said that the plots by the politicians include using herdsmen and thugs to disrupt the elections.
Buratai who made the statement on Wednesday during a meeting with Principal Staff Officers (PSOs), General Officers Commanding (GOC), Operational Commanders and Directors of the military at the Army Headquarters, Abuja, also said that the plots include “ infiltrating domestic staff of political opponents, employ mercenaries to carry out acts of assassinations, use the social media for smear campaigns…”
According to him, “There are indications of their intent to take advantage of and to use the farmers/herders crisis, armed political thugs and ethnic militias to perpetrate acts of violence including bombings.
“Some of them also intend to infiltrate domestic staff of political opponents, employ mercenaries to carry out acts of assassinations, use the social media for smear campaigns, hate speeches and spread fake news in a bid to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the elections.
“We must not allow them to succeed. We shall not allow those who are determined to undermine our electoral process to succeed.”